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Barack to the Future!

A few photos from the Cookout for Change that I went to a few weeks ago. There was a bake sale for Obama and a lemonade stand and a bunch of very cute kids.

There is no doubt in my mind that Obama/Biden are the candidates who will do more to ensure that these kids have a bright future.





One of the best articles I've read lately is A call to arms by Anne Lamott (a writer who I love). I agree with her that the Republican policies are "dangerous to children and old people, to innocent people in every part of the world." And I share her concerns for the environment. And polar bears.

Remember this old Carpenter's song? It keeps popping in my head these days as I think about the future:

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from a storm
Keep them safe, keep them warm

Recently I saw a commercial for Natural Gas that said that America has enough natural gas to last for 60 years. That's great but I'm like, what happens when THAT runs out? I might not be around in 60 years but my nephews and these children will be, god willing. We need to think like the Iroquois: "In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." We are all focused on the economy right now, but the environment is just as important an issue. Global warming is real, and despite what the Republicans say, humans are causing it.

This report, published last year by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is horrifying. In a nutshell:

"The evidence before the Committee leads to one inescapable conclusion: the Bush Administration has engaged in a systematic effort to manipulate climate change science and mislead policymakers and the public about the dangers of global warming."

It's a sad fact that we cannot trust the Republicans to address the problems of global warming because they are too busy trying to pretend that it doesn't exist. I have to take a deep breath when I think about those people lying about something this important. SAD!

The Sierra Club website has some good information presenting the facts about both candidates' positions on environmental issues: Election 2008: Change, Energy, and the Environment. And Obama's plan, New Energy for America, looks like a good start towards cleaning this mess up. Green collar jobs - that's exciting!

Three more weeks. Early voting starts here in NC on October 16 (two days from now) and I can see one of the precincts from my office window. I hope to see long long lines over there!


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Great post, Annie. I love that slogan (Barack to the Future!) and great photos as well.

Now I have a yen to re-read the novel, "Bless the Beasts and the Children." I think there was even a movie (maybe the Carpenters' song was written for the soundtrack.)

That's a horrifying quote on the Bush administration's effort to manipulate any debate on climate change. Canada's Conservative government -- Bush's soulmates -- are following exactly the same policies, and it's a really dangerous game they're playing.

Thanks Sandra. Those kids were so cute, and I was so glad that their parents had them getting involved too.

I didn't know there was a novel or a movie, I just knew the song. Need to get on google and check it out.

The global warming denial is so scary. I didn't know that it was happening in Canada too. You have an election coming up too - I'll cross my fingers for both of us.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, great post! I love the photos of the children you posted and I agree that it is so great that they are involved like that. I had never heard of Anne Lamott before. That was an excellent article!

I also love the bumper stickers. Thanks for the link, I was not aware of that report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. That's just so wrong!

I really liked how Obama said in the second debate that in his administration he would put the concerns about global warning and the protection of our environment at the highest priorities.

Thanks for this informative post!

Kathy thanks! Anne Lamott has written a bunch of books, both novels and non-fiction, and I like her non-fiction best. She's had such an interesting life and is so funny and wise.

I like Obama's emphasis on the environment too. I noticed in that debate that he was so much more specific than McCain was. And then, in the VP debate, Palin said that global warming wasn't caused by man's actions. Sounds just like Bush etc to me. I haven't heard anything from McCain/Palin that makes me think they take it seriously.

Three weeks away!

Great post Annie! I also love the photos. That is the first time I have seen the "More Trees Less Bush" bumper sticker. Very cool!! I love the Iroquois philosophy. Barack to the Future!!!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, I wouldn't mind reading more of Anne's writings. I like her use of humor. Thanks for the information on her.

I had not heard about what Palin had said on global warming. Somehow, I'm not surprised that she would say something as silly as that. As far as women in politics goes, she has become such an embarrassment.

Yes, only 3 weeks away!

Thanks Girasoli! I love your Bush countdown clock (only 97 more days!). I forgot to mention that those two bumper stickers were on a hybrid car!

Kathy, I think you'd love her books. Here are the ones that I really loved:

"Operating Instructions"

"Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith"

"Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith"

"Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith"

And you are so right about Palin being an embarrassment!

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